The Routledge Handbook of Applied Linguistics
Edited by James Simpson
Routledge – 2013 – 732 pages
The Routledge Handbook of Applied Linguistics serves as an introduction and reference point to key areas in the field of applied linguistics.
The five sections of the volume encompass a wide range of topics from a variety of perspectives:
The forty-seven chapters connect knowledge about language to decision-making in the real world. The volume as a whole highlights the role of applied linguistics, which is to make insights drawn from language study relevant to such decision-making.
The chapters are written by specialists from around the world. Each one provides an overview of the history of the topic, the main current issues and possible future trajectory. Where appropriate, authors discuss the impact and use of new technology in the area. Suggestions for further reading are provided with every chapter. The Routledge Handbook of Applied Linguistics is an essential purchase for postgraduate students of applied linguistics.
Editorial board: Ronald Carter, Guy Cook, Diane Larsen-Freeman and Amy Tsui.
"This is a superb collection of chapters that illustrates the robustness of applied linguistics. The volume coherently documents the fact that the field has come a long way since its early focus on the teaching and learning of languages beyond the first. Anyone interested in understanding the scope of applied linguistics at the start of the 21st century would do well to consult this work."
James P. Lantolf, Penn State University, USA
"An amazingly broad and comprehensive account of the diverse areas that make up Applied Linguistics today, giving both their history and up-to-date accounts of their state. Students and researchers will be reminded of the richness and complexity of the discipline.They will find it a useful source of information on a wide variety of topics."
Vivian Cook, University of Newcastle, UK
Introduction: Applied linguistics in the contemporary world
Section 1. Applied linguistics in action
Language policy and planning
Vijay Bhatia and Aditi Bhatia
Translation and interpreting
Mona Baker and Luis Pérez-González
Sarah Collins, Sarah Peters and Ian Watt
Michael Perkins and Sara Howard
Language and ageing
Kees de Bot and Nienke van der Hoeven
Section 2. Language learning, language education
Key concepts in language learning and language education
Second language acquisition
Language teaching methodology
Technology and language learning
Language teacher education
English for academic purposes
Nigel Harwood and Bojana Petrić
Section 3. Language, culture and identity
Bencie Woll and Rachel Sutton-Spence
Andy Kirkpatrick and David Deterding
Suresh Canagarajah and Selim Ben Said
Jasone Cenoz and Durk Gorter
Language and migration
Section 4. Perspectives on language in use
Critical discourse analysis
Sociocultural and cultural-historical theories of language development
Steven L. Thorne and Thomas Tasker
Janet Maybin and Karin Tusting
Doris S. Warriner
Section 5. Descriptions of language for applied linguistics
Joe Barcroft, Norbert Schmitt and Gretchen Sunderman
Phonetics and phonology
Svenja Adolphs and Phoebe Lin
Hans-Jörg Schmid and Friedrich Ungerer
Systemic functional linguistics
The emergence of language as a complex adaptive system
Nick C. Ellis
Theo van Leeuwen
James Simpson is a senior lecturer in the School of Education, University of Leeds.